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Alex Hay: Work 2008-2014

Alex Hay: Work 2008-2014
NEW YORK  •  Peter Freeman, Inc.  •  Ongoing
In several of his newest paintings, American artist Alex Hay (born 1930, Valrico, Florida) continues his engagement with humble aspects of daily life, rendering, for instance, scraps of wood or linoleum tile patterns – often detritus of home construction projects – in painstaking detail and on a monumental scale. As has long been his practice, in conjunction with the paintings, Hay makes a finely detailed scale drawing of the surface and material make-up – the topography – of his subjects. This activity of mapping marks his entire body of work, but is put to an entirely new use in his Face Prints (2013-2014) – based on impressions of the artist’s own face.
To make each of these unique triptychs, Hay first coats his face with charcoal in a gum arabic solution and presses paper to it, recording the contours of his features. He then traces that impression onto another sheet, from which he makes a stencil. Through that stencil, he then draws out the image once again, by rubbing graphite pencil onto just the tops of the raised grains of watercolor paper so that the final iteration has a pebbly three-dimensionality. Alex Hay lives and works in Bisbee, Arizona.

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